Mrs Heywood's Words Summer 9
I hope you all enjoyed the Great British Summer Fete at Ridgeway on Saturday and congratulations to the Junior Boys PTA for staging the event and huge thanks to staff, parents and pupils for your support, energy and sense of fun.
Senior Girls certainly showed their entrepreneurial skills by organising a wide variety of stalls. Our Chair of the PTA, Anna Taylor-West, deserves a stalwarts medal for manning the refreshments to late on in the afternoon.
Another amazing week of results from the PE, sailing and rowing departments.
In Oxford on Sunday whilst we were all basking in the sun at the school fete, for two of our Year 10's, Elicia and Katie, their preference was to be on water and they certainly demonstrated their boat handling skills by competing in our Feva 1 team and winning the Silver Fleet race. Sailing is definitely one of those activities, like rowing, the more effort you put in the more you get out of it - so on to rowing! Thames Valley Park was the place to be when Nuala, Year 10, rowed well in her heat easing off towards the end to save energy for the final. She had a great start and held off Maidenhead for an easy win in the WJ16 X. Due to illness the team events didn’t quite go to plan but the girls continued to put in a great deal of effort and set an example to some of the more experienced rowers by staying calm throughout the day.
Back to dry land, racket and ball, and Andy Murray has his hopes to continue his winning return at Eastbourne, we have again shown our dominance in the area by qualifying for the U15's Regional Tennis Finals.
Volunteers from Year 8 and 9 enjoyed the opportunity to take part in an inaugural touch rugby competition this week and one of our squads achieved top spot by winning first place at the School Sports Partnership Touch Rugby Festival which was at Maidenhead RFC. Well done to all!
On Thursday the whole school was out for the Senior Girls Sports Day, and for once sun protection was required. Fabulous to see both skilled and highly trained athletes, along with those who bravely competed to honour their house. Such was the competition that the House Trophy was decided in the last two races seeing St Therese clinch the House Trophy by twelve points over St Francis, with 179 points - amazing! The pupils were entertained at the end of the competition by the staff who adorned their trainers for the staff relay in a highly competitive race. Thank you to Mr Hale, Mrs Connor and Mrs Rathbone the parents of our futures Senior Leadership Team for presenting the medals on one of the hottest days of the year!
Year 10's were busy looking to the future today, Friday, when they received a presentation on ‘Higher Education and the Alternatives’ given by Jane Marshall, Imperial College, and Helen Cole, CFCS Careers Consultant. That was followed by our annual 'Motivation and Memory' session with David Hyner.
Talking of the Sixth Form I had the privilege of attending the Sixth Form A Level Art & Photography exhibition. There was a wonderful vibrancy about the work on display, showing stimulating creativity and confidence to push the boundaries. The exhibition is on until next Tuesday 2 July, and even if you are not yet connected to our Sixth Form it is worth 30 minutes of anybody’s time. It was brilliant seeing the diversity and creativity of our senior pupils coming together in one showcase event.
Be part of something bigger and join us at the inaugural ‘Festival on the Field’ on Wednesday 3 July at 1.00 - 4.00pm.
Wishing you all a relaxing, and a hot sunny, weekend.